5 Reasons Breakfast is so important
Fueling your body right in the morning is just as important for us adults and even more so if you are trying to lose weight.
But why should we eat break-fast? See what did there, first clue is in the word ‘breakfast’. Here are my top 5 reasons to eat breakfast.
1. YOU’RE LITERALLY BREAKING A FAST.
The period between your last pre-bed meal and hitting the alarm is usually the longest stretch of time your body goes without fuel. Eating within two hours of waking up can impact how levels of glucose (blood sugar), and the insulin that brings glucose to cells to be used for energy, are regulated for the remainder of the day. Skip breakfast, and it isn’t just your body running on empty: It’s your brain, too. Plus, the longer you put it off, the hungrier you’ll be when you actually sit down to eat. Stuffing yourself with unhealthy treats in an attempt to satiate your hunger will cause your glucose to ebb and flow, creating unsteady energy levels and the potential for more overeating.
2. IT KEEPS YOU TUNED IN.
Your brain loves the energy it extracts from meals, making a sensible a.m. bowl of oatmeal just as important for focus and concentration as it is for physical exertion. In one study, subjects fed oats had a markedly better ability to memorize and absorb information than those who didn’t eat at all.
3. YOU CAN GET IN YOUR FIBER.
Because whole grains and fruit make regular appearances at the breakfast table, you’re more likely to meet—or at least put a dent in—your recommended fiber intake by eating breakfast. In addition to fueling your digestive system, fiber can also help reduce cholesterol.
4. YOU’LL LOSE WEIGHT BY EATING MORE.
If you restrict your largest meal to breakfast, you’re on your way to shedding pounds. In one study, two groups ate roughly the same number of calories per day but distributed them differently. The group who consumed more calories in the morning lost an average of 17.8 pounds over three months, while those who ate less upon waking and more later in the day—a big dinner—lost just 7.3 pounds on average.
5. PROTEIN IN THE MORNING CURBS DESIRES LATER.
Research shows that a breakfast high in protein—such as an omelet or Greek yogurt—is more likely to keep you fuller longer, preventing you from overeating or making poor food choices later on. In one study, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated reduced activity in the portion of the brain making food demands for several hours following that first, protein-heavy meal.
Some of you maybe following the intermittent fasting diet where many of you for go breakfast. This is your personal choice. If you are interested I have shared the Harvard Medical School write up all about IF.
Not sure what to eat for breakfast follow me on Instagram and Facebook I post healthy ideas regularly. Yesterday breakfast post included delicious looking chia puddings for breakfast or dessert. What will you choose?
Hope you enjoy them! xx